The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Thrasyllus was a scholar from what century?

2. What question did Socrates' friend ask of the Oracle?

3. Who originally arranged these four dialogues in a group?

4. To what Athenian god did Euthyphro refer as an example to back up his decision?

5. How did Grecian authors use Socrates' character?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are some of the authors, mentioned in Book 3, Chapter 1, who wrote about Socrates?

2. What is Socrates' objection to Euthyphro's decision, and how does Euthyphro respond to that objection?

3. What is "epistemology"?

4. Why did Socrates initially pursue his habit of questioning people?

5. Who are Apollo and Artemis?

6. Why was the Apollonian Oracle at Delphi created?

7. What does Tarrant warn readers about, regarding Socrates, and the various literary characters based on him?

8. Euthyphro admits that many people are upset by his decision. For what reason?

9. Who wrote the introduction to the Euthyphro?

10. What does Tarrant say about Socrates' participation in the battle at Thrace?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the reasons for Socrates' conviction was his "daemon". What was it? How did it affect Socrates? Why was it such an important part of his trial and conviction? What would happen if such evidence was presented at a modern-day trial? Do you think Socrates believed that he had a "daemon"? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Euthyphro prosecutes his father for murder because he feels it is the right thing to do; Socrates states that loyalty to family should come before the law. Which point of view do you agree with? Why? If you were in Euthyphro's position, what would you have done? Why? Do you think that being in such a position might change Socrates' mind? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Socrates denies the accusation that he tries to teach; he claims that he is only an ignorant man who is inquisitive in an effort to gain knowledge. How sincere do you think his profession of ignorance is? Do you think he really believes it? Or is it simply an effort to circumvent the pride of learned men and get them to talk to him, even though he is challenging their beliefs? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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